Big-breasted women, five steins a hand, and charming men in green, short-short overalls stuffed each other’s mouths with bratwurst and beer till they couldn’t rock no more. Bavaria. Its capital: München. Things played out a little differently there for the boys and me, who had gotten used to the exaggerations […]
“Rick was a bro, a gentleman seen few and far between, of a caliber unknown to the race of man, the headless baton twirler in a parade called Life, a backpacker extraordinaire, a counter-demon and Lord of the Pismire. Rick Callaghan.” (The Summer Abroad, Part III, Chapter 8.) Thus […]
It came to my attention that I should focus on deepening my characters. As it goes, things should actually happen in a story. Funny, because I have known for a while that my personages spend a lot of time thinking. What’s wrong with thinking. That some people don’t want to […]
(. . . the story of a magician and a sorceress.) The magician dashed off stage. He had been ridiculed for his fast-sprouting carnations, yet again. No more flower tricks at these open mics, he begrudged, they don’t care for nature fast or slow. Not to mention, being booed […]
The girl facing me was called Conchela. She had a heart-shaped face and a ponytail so tightly pulled back that it was hard to tell where her forehead ended and her hairline receded. She seemed real at first, but later I came to learn the only thing real about her […]
The 1885 painting “Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son,” by Ilya Repin, was damaged when a man attacked it with a pole at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. — NEW YORK TIMES The news, the news… This week I have been editing a collection of short stories, with […]
CLICK HERE for PDF of “Between Arabia and India is Georgia” (A Love Letter) We all have our treasures. The 12th century Georgian poet, Shota Rustaveli, wrote what became, and to this day still is, the crown jewel of a people’s national literature: a medieval epic romance, about […]
marioLEVRERO_8august2342_ivanBRAVE Have you been keeping track of the date and time? This tread to write multiple entries per day will become rare as the diary unfolds. It would seem Levrero awoke to much entusiasm, as he says, and gradually slowed down his production–thankfully, not at the cost of his […]
(Art by George Fredric Watts, Hope, 1886) Click here for PDF of Asesino. Asesino is a story inspired by the dream a friend, Diego Sebastian Figueredo, told at a milonga about a year ago. It begins with an epigraph borrowed from Thomas De Quincey’s On Murder as Considered […]
marioLEVRERO_8august1654_ivanBRAVE As one reads these entries, its easy to forget that they were first written by hand. What we read, then, is highly edited by Levrero as he transcribe his words into Word processor. So, when he introduces a character, and interweaves continuations of other characters, there is a […]
(Art work found on Sufi Friends, and Negarkhaneh.) Click here for a PDF At Slice’s Literary conference last September, I attend a panel titled (something like) “How to Write When Finding Time is Impossible.” Middle of the afternoon, after having taught a class earlier that morning, I began […]
marioLEVRERO_7august1658_ivanBRAVE Some history on Rosa Chacel…this obit-s makes me want to read her work: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-rosa-chacel-1416940.html
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste6_700 El final The final Who will you chant for next summer?
marioLEVRERO_7august0231_ivanBRAVE Funny how the therapist asked for five sentences. Could you answer that questionnaire?
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste5_1000 How do you pronounce your name? Would you spell it the same in another language?
marioLEVRERO_6august1720_ivanBRAVE Chl is introduced in this chapter. Notice how her character develops. Her relationship with Levrero will form the emotional core of the diary.
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste4_2000 “My family and I moved back to our country, so my parents could finalize their divorce. And everyone blames someone else for it, except me. I blame myself.”
marioLEVRERO_6august0009_ivanBRAVE What do gazebos symbolize in dreams? What’s the last dream you had about your childhood?
ivanBRAVE_La Albiceleste3_1200 ¿Será Semis un renovado héroe, un nuevo cosmos, un hombre redentor?
marioLEVRERO_5august2228_ivanBRAVE D’Arienzo was one of the foremost tango conductors/composers of the last century. Here is a clip at his best: (notice the strength of the down beat, BUM BUM BUM)